For the architecture alone, you should not miss visiting this ultra-modern museum. All glass and stainless steel, bridges and suspended walkways, transparent escalators and elevators, this museum has been designed so that you feel like you are in a “city of the future“. 

Parc de la Villette

The “Parc de la Villette” is located between the Porte de la Villette and the Porte de Pantin. It is the largest Park Intra Muros of Paris. The place accomodates a complete urban project:

  • the city of sciences and industry,
  • the city of the Music,
  • the Large Market,
  • the room of spectacle of the Zenith.

Located on old the abbatoirs of Paris, the Park of the Villette is an active space, a new district of meeting, culture and leisures. Place of exhibitions, documentation, communication and search, the City presents the largest
scientific, technological projections of our time. Using the most recent techniques of audio-visual and data-processing communications, it proposes multiple and complementary activities and offers a new way of learning, of listening and of being moved so that each one remains an actor of the future world.

The Design

For the architecture alone, you should not miss visiting this ultra-modern museum. All glass and stainless steel, bridges and suspended walkways, transparent escalators and elevators, this museum has been designed so that you feel like you are in a “city of the future”.

What to see

The permanent exhibition is called “Explora”. This exhibit is divided into 3 main themes :

  • Water as a major link between the universe and life that’s why the Cité des Sciences is surrounded by water.
  • Vegetation coming in three bio-climatic
  • Light, source of energy of the livingworld,illuminates the exhibition space of permanent exhibitions thanks to two rotating cupolas.

The Cite des sciences allows the visitors to touch and play with various subjects of experiences such as sounds, robots, computer science, expression and behaviour, oceans, energy, light, the environment, mathematics, space. With its interactive computers, multimedia displays, videos, holograms, animated models and games, this museum permits the visitor to “explore” and discover.
An example of the chaos theory is displayed by a wheel of glasses rotating below a stream of water and the control of motion is entirely unpredictable.
Do not miss the hydroponic plants as well as the flight simulator.

Other activities at the Museum

You can also discover the planetarium, the Cinema Louis Lumiere which plays a short stereo-scopic film at 11:30am, 2pm, 3:30pm, 4pm, 4:30pm., and other exciting exhibits are the Geode, Argonaute, Cinaxe and the park itself.
There are also several cafés. 

The Argonaute

Discover a real 1957 french military submarine in which you can clamber about and discover masses of facts about underwater transportation.

The Geode and the Cinaxe

The Geode shows films shot on the 180o Omnimax system, while the Cinaxe combines 70mm film shot at 30 frames a second with seats that move.

The Park

Besides the permanent exhibits, throughout the park, you can discover the temporary exhibits which talk about history and philosophy as well as science.
Walkman guide in English is available at the counter in the main hall, and includes details of the architecture, explanations for Explora and the soundtrack for the Planetarium shows. 

The city of the Villette it is also

  1. The Park
    Designed by Bernard Tschumi the park is organized in three systems: the buildings or Madnesses mark the site and its reference marks, circulations give him which combine two perpendicular galleries, surfaces: 7 ha of meadows and sports grounds.
  2. The Grande Halle
    Old Market of cows of the cattle market of the Villette, it is reconverted since 83 in general-purpose room and can accomodate more than 15 000 people
  3. The Zenith
    Inaugurated in 1984 it is particularly devoted to the variety and the rock’n’roll.
  4. The theatre of the Villette
    Ancien house of the Stock Exchange it accomodates primarily contemporary authors.
  5. The City of the Music
    Built by Christian de Portzamparc like a contemporary village. It accomodates in the western part the Academy Higher Main road of Music and Dance of Paris as well as the Museum of the M.

Location

211 Av. Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Tel : 01 40 03 75 75

How to get there

Metro line 5 or 7: Porte de la Villette, Porte de Pantin

Bus : PC

Opening

Open every day from 10am to 6pm,

On Sunday from 10am to 7pm

Closed on monday, 1st May and 25th December 

You can also buy a daily pass

Official website

https://lavillette.com